3. The ‘horns’ on their heads are actually ossicones, which are used for temperature regulation.
4. Female and young giraffes have tufty ossicones, while the males’ are bald on top.
10. Their spots are like human fingerprints- no two giraffes have the same pattern.
12. But seriously, a giraffe’s kick can decapitate a lion.
14. These majestic creatures use their 50cm long tongue to pick their nose and clean their ears.
17. Their spots are also like gang symbols- giraffes from the same area have similar patterns.
18. They live in some amazing places but you don’t often hear them bragging about it.
19. The way giraffes have to bend to drink leaves them open to predators, so their digestive system has evolved to take water from the plants they eat. They only need to drink every couple of days.
20. Female giraffes are only ready to mate for brief periods every two weeks. The males drink the females’ urine to determine if she’s ready to mate, or if they should leave her alone.
21. They have the longest neck of any animal in the world.
22. Male giraffes fight by rubbing and twisting their necks together. Sometimes this test of strength arouses the giraffes so much that they stop fighting and move onto… other things.
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